be a figment of (one's/the) imagination

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be a figment of (one's/the) imagination

To be an imagined experience (especially after one has initially thought it to be real). I thought I heard the sound of my front door opening last night but it turned out to be a figment of my imagination.
See also: figment, imagination, of
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THE PSYCHOSEXUAL games at the heart of the fascinating French thriller ``Red Lights'' may or may not be a figment of the imagination of the movie's milquetoast husband, Antoine (Jean-Pierre Darroussin), who drinks double whiskeys the way Britney Spears downs Red Bulls.
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